TOWN OF NORTH HARMONY
TUESDAY, 8/11/2020, 7:00 PM
MEMBERS PRESENT: DICK JOHNSON GARY WINGER
PAT RICE JAMES GOODLING
Brad Lawson, Zoning C.E.O.
OTHERS PRESENT: Stephanie Gibbs, Helen Emick, Dick Sena, Scott & Annette Miller, Kelly Johnson
- PAT RICE OPENED THE MEETING AT 7:00 PM.
- DICK SENA, TOWN COUNCIL GAVE TOWN REPORT. (See 7/13/2020 Town Board Minutes)
- LAWSON, ZONING C.E.O. GAVE ZONING REPORT.
- Scott Miller – Restaurant
- Lawson said the Millers are looking to buy property in Stedman. He said the property they were looking into buying is zoned commercial.
- Lawson said they were looking to put a “Brew Pup” on the property.
- Miller introduced himself and his wife.
- Miller said the easiest way to envision what they are trying to do is to reference Pine Junction.
- Miller said they will hopefully be rectifying a timber frame building by the same builder that built Pine Junction.
- Miller said they will be an eatery and intend to be an eatery.
- Miller said the difference between them, and Pine Junction is they see themselves using outdoor grove as usable space along the line as some breweries have done.
- Miller said the word Brew comes into play because they will brew their own beer. But they are not a true brewery because they will not be doing most of the brew process on site.
- Miller said they are not interested in offsite brew sales. He said they want to make their own brand and have people come to their restaurant to get it.
- Miller said they will have a menu similar to Pine Junction. He said they will have their own smoke house and a lot of Barbeque.
- Miller said with the outdoor grove they have a lot of opportunity to plan on social distancing.
- Miller said they will need to put in a well and sewer.
- Miller said he is aware they have neighbors and he is more than welcome to do anything to make them happy.
- Miller said they do not plan to be open late nights. He is looking more along the lines of 1100am – 900pm and Fridays and Saturdays they would stretch the time out to 1100pm Sundays they would do half day and they would be closed on Mondays.
- Miller said the inside would seat under 100 and the outside estimated around 80 seats outdoors.
- Rice asked if with that many seats if 25 parking spots would be sufficient.
- Miller said they drew that to meet the minimum standard, but they could take parking all the way to the back of the property he just does not want to overrun the property with parking.
- Rice said he was concerned about people parking on the road.
- Lawson said he could talk to the county about putting “No Parking” signs up on the road and he could look at his plan again and see what they can come up with.
- Rice asked if he was going to leave the barn on the property.
- Miller said he would because he likes the look of it, and it will make great storage.
- Rice said he feels it would be a good asset to the town.
- Miller said they plan to shut down a couple months out of the year. They are thinking January and February.
- Lawson asked about live music and buffering noise. He suggested instead of just a fence using shrubbery or something substantial.
- Miller said whatever needs to happen in the landscape perspective they are willing to put up shrubbery but also they will have the “stage” face away from the neighbors and it would be only a couple nights a week.
- Lawson suggested having all the things talked about on his sight plan when he returns.
- Johnson asked if there were any snowmobile trails that went down to the property.
- Miller said he would like to know because that would determine their decision on closing in the winter.
Mr. Sena said there will be a public hearing on the transient rentals in September.
Mr. Goodling asked if the board would still like him to contact the electric company to send a representative to speak to the planning board regarding solar. The board said they would like to have them come to a meeting.
Mr. Goodling said he would get in contact with them.
Mr. Sena asked if the Ripley Solar project was moving forward.
Mr. Lawson said he believe they were. He said there is a tremendous amount of controversy and a tremendous amout of support.
- STRAND MOTIONED TO SEND THE 5G FEES SCHEDULE TO THE TOWN BOARD TO BE ADOPTED, MR. WINGER SECONDED.
Next regular meeting scheduled for October 20, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.
ON A MOTION MADE BY MR. WINGER, SECONDED BY MR. JOHNSON AND NONE BEING APPOSED, THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 7:55 PM
Deputy Town Clerk